Monday, 29 April 2013

Describing yourself! Can YOU?

Describing yourself! Can YOU?

No matter how old or young you are, all of us face this question almost daily in our lives. Be it webpages or some application form for a job in some reputed firm, the first thing they ask you is to describe yourself and put yourself out there to them, in the minimum number of words that you can. The significance of this question has been of paramount importance nowadays where people decide about your personality by examining how you have described yourself to be. People even accept facebook requests by scrutinizing your description. I have even heard from one of colleagues that when his friend was interviewed for a job at Google, the people on board did not even glance at his impressive resume and just asked him a single straight-forward question "Who're YOU?".The famous Hollywood actress Jeniffer Aniston aptly quoted,
"Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kind of falls into place."

But, the larger question that I aim to ask is "Do we really know ourselves so good that we can describe it out there to people and that too appealingly?" 
The answer to this question is deeply an individual's perspective. Perhaps, some people easily get to know what qualities do they possess or what their negative traits are, but for people like me the question is really a tough one. Even after spending a decade of my life in a convent school and being admitted to one of the few multidisciplinary universities in India, it hasn't still struck me "Who I am?". Other people might end up writing a thesis on who I am, but if I am posed this question,I would hardly utter a word or two and then be mum to think "What the Hell, who am I?". In this rapidly changing world, we don't even pause to think for a while about such an important question. So, what most of us do is that we don't realise our own potential and glorify the thoughts of what others think about us. Quite usually, we look at ourselves from the "eyes" of the world around us and turn blind to what we see ourselves to be. And in this process we fail to highlight the qualities that differentiates us from the crowd. To put it better, we lose ourselves and become like someone in the crowd itself. So my honest advice to everyone of you out there would be that you need to be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.